When I was really young, my mom bought my grandpa a copy of Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits for Christmas. He ended up getting two copies. I liked the song “The Gambler”, so I asked my mom if I could have the extra copy. Surprised, she gave it to me, and so in my earliest record collection, I had the Flintstones, Star Wars, and Kenny Rogers.
Several years later, after joining Columbia House music club, my mom purchased a new Kenny Rogers hits cassette for the car. That’s when I discovered “Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In”, a song that we first found hilarious and then realized was funky and cool. Lebowski just made it cooler.
Kenny Rogers passed away at age 81 peacefully at home. Known for his many hits like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, “Lucille”, and his duets with Dolly Parton, country music will always remember Kenny Rogers.
Rest in Peace.
An incredible drummer from an incredible band, Reed Mullin had his demons. Alcohol took him down, like so many before him. Mullin, a founding member of Corrosion of Conformity, will be remembered by his rich hardcore and heavy metal discography.
In recent years as alcohol took its toll, Reed was absent from some COC performances and suffered a seizure in 2016. It was not looking good for the rock warrior, and now we know his particular battle has been lost.
Mullin drummed on one of my personal favourite albums, Deliverance, one of the best rock records of the 1990s. From that album, here is “Albatross”. Rest in peace Reed.
Sad news this morning, as we wake to find Ric Ocasek of the Cars has passed away at age 75. Hard to believe the tall, jet-haired singer was in his 70s at all. He always looked like a punk misfit.
The Cars formed in 1976 and had a steady stream of hits through the late 70s and early 80s. When the cars folded he moved on as a producer and solo artist. Ocasek produced such diverse albums as Bad Brains Rock for Light, and two of the most popular Weezer albums, Blue and Green. Through these productions, his impact on modern rock cannot be overstated.
I always liked the Cars best, and so we’ll remember Ric today with one of his catchiest songs ever: the summer anthem “Magic”.
Rest in peace Ric Ocasek.